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Americans want stricter gun laws ... but not if the Democrats ...


Americans want stricter gun laws ... but not if the Democrats write them

Even Republicans strongly favour tighter curbs, but the partisan nature of US politics stops them from being implemented

Gregory Korte

A majority of Americans support stricter gun control laws, but deep partisan distrust means the shooting deaths of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers in Texas on Tuesday are unlikely to inspire cooperation on the issue.

About 60% of voters in a Morning Consult poll last week — after a white supremacist armed with a semi-automatic rifle killed 10 black people in a racist attack in Buffalo, New York — said they support stricter gun control laws. But that number is down from 66% in 2019, after mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, and before President Joe Biden was elected.

The change is statistically significant, given the poll’s margin of error of two percentage points, and is confirmed by polling over time by Gallup and others. ..

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